Years 3 & 4: Number and place value
This list consists of activities, games and videos designed to support the new curriculum programme of study in Years Three and Four. Containing tips on using the resources and suggestions for further use, it covers:
Year 3: Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number, recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number, compare and order numbers up to 1000, identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words, solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
Year 4: Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000, find 1000 more or less than a given number, count backwards through zero to include negative numbers, recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number, order and compare numbers beyond 1000, identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000, solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above, read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that, over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value.
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Links and Resources
These two games are a great way of learning about place value and can be adapted for different abilities. A different way of playing BIg Numbers is in a game called 'Nice or Nasty' in which the aim is to create the largest (or smallest) 3 or 4 digit number. Player A rolls the die and player B decides in which place to put the digit. They may be nice to player A and help them make the largest number or they could be nasty and try to form the smallest number possible. This game has always gone down well and children really enjoy the option of being nice or nasty!
Sometimes you just need a sheet to help support children in learning, number skills. This book is aimed at children working at the (old) levels 1-3 so is a good resource of material to support children working below the average in Years Three and Four.
This book from the series may provide extension activities for higher ability children.
Pages 1-4 in Pack 2 introduce Roman numerals, providing examples for children to practise. It also looks at Bengali, Urdu and Chinese representations of number which could be an interesting extension activity.
Pack 1 also contains activities which practise place value.
Topic 1 looks at place value and ordering numbers. Practise counting in multiples of 100 in the game 'Throw and count in hundreds', it could also be adapted for counting in different multiples such as 50 or 25.
The activity on page 5 looks at ordering numbers. When comparing and ordering numbers, children often get confused by the 'less than' and 'greater than' signs < >. A useful aid for children, which many teachers use is to talk of the signs as 'crocodiles' with the greedy crocodile always eating the largest number!
The Number grid ITP generates a 100 square grid in which individual cells can be hidden or highlighted in different colours. The prime numbers and multiples can also be highlighted. A useful visual tool when teaching number recognition and counting.